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August 24, 2017
Harvey County IndependentAugust 24, 2017 Harvey County Independent

Wells Will Miss Working For Burrton Schools

Posted 8/24/2017

SHARON Wells is retiring from her position as USD 369 Board Clerk after 13 years with the district. She and her husband are in the process of moving to Arizona. SHARON Wells is retiring from her position as USD 369 Board Clerk after 13 years with the district. She and her husband are in the process of moving to Arizona. By Jared Janzen

BURRTON—Sharon Wells, who served 13 years as the Burrton School District’s board clerk, is retiring from her position. Her final day will be Aug. 25.

“I’m really sad I can’t continue,” she said.

Wells’s husband, Tom, recently became the director of radiology at a hospital in Arizona, and the two are in the process of moving there. Tom has already been there for three weeks, while she stayed behind to sell their house in Hutchinson. She plans to join him Aug. 28.

The Wellses had lived in Hutchinson for not quite a year, and for the 19 years before that their home was in Halstead, where they raised five children who have all since moved out of the area.

“That’s why we’re going, I guess,” she said. “We’re empty-nesters, have been empty-nesters for quite some time.”

Wells’s 13 total years as board clerk have a two-year break in the middle.After her first five or six years, she resigned to help start a church plant in Halstead, RiverPoint Church, which later moved to Newton. She and her husband also helped start Crossroads Church in Halstead.

During the two years she was away from the district she also worked for Central National Bank in Halstead, and she remembers having a conversation with a coworker about how much she loved and missed her previous job.

“He said, will it ever become open? And I said no, that job doesn’t come open. Board clerks get in there and they stay because the school system is a good place to retire,” Wells said.

That very same night, she received a phone call from the school board president saying the clerk had left and they could use her help.

“Is that not weird?” Wells asked. “I tell you what, that’s the work of God right there.”

She was rehired for the job and has worked there since.

It’s the people she worked with that Wells will miss most about this job, she said.

“I love this school,” she said. “I love the staff, the administration, the board. They’re just so much fun to work with. They love this school; they love this community and that’s a good thing.”

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Guest Speakers At Bentley Senior Center Share About Exploring Kansas

Posted 8/24/2017

By Debbie ParksMARCI Penner, left, and WenDee Rowe spoke at the Bentley Senior Center last week about their book, “Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.”MARCI Penner, left, and WenDee Rowe spoke at the Bentley Senior Center last week about their book, “Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.”

BENTLEY—Bentley community residents enjoyed a delicious potluck luncheon last Friday at the Bentley Eagle Senior Center.  If you went away hungry, it was your own fault because there was a nice variety of food brought in by several attendees.

Senior Center President, Starla Black, offered an opening prayer and then all were invited to go through the buffet line, and after the meal Tracy Pribbenow introduced the guest speakers, Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe.  Penner did the speaking and answered questions from the audience while Rowe ran the video slides that matched what Penner was talking about.  The seminar’s title was “Exploring Kansas With the Help of a Guidebook.”

The two ladies composed a book after traveling to 626 towns in Kansas between 2012 and 2015 titled “Kansas Guidebook for Explorer.” Penner thanked all those who had come out that day to attend the seminar.

Penner involved the attendees in the seminar by inviting everyone to stand.  She named specific places in Kansas that anyone could visit that were in the guidebook.  If a person had been there, they were to remain standing.  The last person standing was Annette Marker, and Penner presented Annette with a new copy of the “Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.”

Penner shared with the group that she and her dad had started visiting Kansas towns when her dad was still alive. That activity spurred Penner on to continue with Rowe after her dad passed away.

Penner told the attendees that the guidebook was divided into eight categories. One of the categories was Architecture.  Penner spoke about bridges she had enjoyed seeing while traveling about Kansas.  One bridge named the Bois D’Arc Bridge was built in 1885.  It is a one-way plank bridge that was built by the WPA in Paradise in Russell County. Another architecture wonder was the Whitewater Falls Stock Farm located in Towanda in Butler County.  The barn was built in 1908 and once housed beautiful Percheon horses.

Another architecture spot is the Queen Ann Home – Painted Lady, an interesting house in Belleville.  An interesting picture of shovelheads made to look like a pinecone is at Lake Wabunsee. Since 1978 there has been a 15-tons stone buffalo near Lucas in Russell County.  The 50-foot wide stone buffalo sits on top a tree range.  Buffalo live in the pasture there along with one zebra.  

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Students Digging Into Garden Program

Posted 8/24/2017

By Pilar Martin

BURRTON—Students at Burrton Elementary will be getting their hands dirty in a couple of weeks. That’s because kindergarten teacher Christy Jones applied for matching funds to purchase raised garden kits and a worm farm for the school.

Jones said she used donorschoose.org, a website for teachers only that matches funding with the classroom. The total cost was around $650.

Jones has already ordered the garden kits and the worm farm, and they should be in this week or next.

“There will be seven raised beds, and each class will build their own and decide what to plant,” Jones added.

Harvey County Extension Agent Scott Eckert was recently at Burrton, where he explained how to make the soil compatible for planting. Eckert also donated a bag of seeds to the school.  Jones said they received another donation of seeds from the local food bank.

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